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Bu-bu-bu-bu-Bleep!  What’s that Noise on the new Arcade Fire Album?

We were sitting around a table at The Barley Street Tavern waiting for the band to get its shit together when the discussion turned to the weird bleep-bloop sounds recorded at the end of pre-recorded cassette tapes.

“I think those are some sort of signal to tell you it’s time to turn the tape over,” said the guy sitting with us, a music legend (of sorts). But I knew he couldn’t be right. The...

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Payne’s Nebraska: The Sad, Old, Boring Life

I’ve been interviewing rock bands for The Reader going on 20 years now. Whenever I do a phoner with a touring rock band coming through town for the first time, I ask the interviewee to list his/her preconceived notions of our fair city and Nebraska in general.

The five most common misconceptions about Nebraska:

1. It's flat
2. It's barren
3. It's boring
4. It's one gigantic Boys Town...

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Giving kids a fighting chance

Organizations serving at-risk kids come and go but few stay the course the way the CW Youth Resource Center, 1510 Cass Street, has since opening in 1978.

Founder-director Carl Washington hosts a Nov. 29 open house at CW from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate 35 years of structured youth activities. Alums, supporters and the general public are welcome.

His experience mentoring youth began a decade...

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How Can Football Survive?

I’ve never been a NASCAR fan. The idea of watching cars drive around in circles for three hours wasting gas while listening to guys with severe southern drawls describe someone changing a tire just never appealed to me.

But way back in 2001, after reading an article about how technology had been integrated into racing coverage (presumably making it more interesting) — and with a few minutes...

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Police accreditation on the line Saturday

This Saturday, November 16th, is judgment day for the Omaha Police Department.

That is when Omaha police officials will sit before a team of commissioners from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to answer questions and learn the Police Department’s fate in its quest to achieve a fifth consecutive CALEA accreditation award.

The hearing, which will take place...

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Celebrating Cassettes: The Joy of Low Fidelity

Every year right around now, I put my Mini Cooper convertible in storage and replace it with a ’96 Geo Tracker. My Cooper has virtually no ground clearance, which makes it useless in any measurable snow, while the Tracker not only stands high above the ground but also is four-wheel-drive, making it virtually unstoppable.

The downsides of my Geo: It’s beginning to rust. The driver’s side door...

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Summit to take stock of the state of Latino communities near and far

 

When the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies holds its Nov. 8-9 Cumbre event, it will mark 10 years for this center dedicated to community engagement, applied research and teaching inside and outside the classroom.

OLLAS convenes this periodic summit of scholars, policymakers, community organizers, workers and students to discuss issues critical...

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Project Censored

Click here for the complete list of 25 from Project Cenosred.

For 37 years, Project Censored has worked with college students and faculty to issue an annual list of the Top 25 Underreported or Censored Stories from the previous year. Below we reprint the capsules from the Top 5, listing sources and researchers, briefly capsulize the next 10 and list the final 10. Full details and links are...

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